Every year, balloonists from all over the world gather together in Longview, also known as The Balloon Race Capital of Texas, to compete in national and international races. While the National race kicked off yesterday, balloon flights will take place over Longview, Kilgore and the East Texas Regional Airport through Sunday, August 3rd.
In addition to daily flights, balloons appear throughout the area at local special events. Tonight, the boys, Jake and I will head to Driller Park in Kilgore to watch the Pump Jacks play baseball, enjoy root beer, and get an up close look during a special balloon glow event.
On Friday, August 1st, the specialty balloons will be inflated in the early morning hours for children and adults to enjoy. A list of where each balloon will be located is provided here. This is always a treat for my boys as we usually get to help set up a specialty balloon and meet the crew!
The weekend festivities are fantastic for families. You can purchase advanced tickets for entry into the festival grounds (which I highly recommend). In the evening, depending upon the wind and weather, pilots perform an incredible balloon glow for all the spectators. There is a special "kid zone," food vendors, music and more. This year's musical performances include Roger Creagar and Tracy Lawrence.